The prospect of a home and away Six Nations taking place before and after Christmas remains a very real as RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney became the second union big-wig to speak about the idea in 24 hours.
In a new series, Independent.ie goes through the archives to bring you the hot topics of years gone by. On April 14, 1973, Ireland beat France in the final game of the Five Nations - which produced a five-way tie at the top of the table. As there was no tiebreaker applied, that is how the standings finished. Here is how the Sunday Independent recorded events.
Eddie Jones, the England head coach, has agreed to take a pay cut in excess of 25 per cent as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic has left the Rugby Football Union (RFU) facing losses of up to £50 million (€55m) over the next 18 months.
Rugby authorities came under fire last night after Wales' Six Nations match against Scotland was postponed following a dramatic U-turn by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) after thousands of Scotland supporters had already travelled to Cardiff.
England will probably win this Six Nations, if it ever does reach a conclusion, but their behaviour on and off the field, led by a loose-lipped general and a petulant first lieutenant, will probably make them the most unlikeable team in recent memory to lift the trophy.
THE prospect of the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals proceeding on the first weekend of April receded further today with the French Top 14 going into lockdown as the IRFU put a stop to professional training next week.
ANDY Farrell says he would be eager to complete his truncated debut Six Nations championship in October after confirmation that their second successive game, in Paris next weekend, fell victim to the efforts to contain Coronavirus.
There will be no Grand Slam. France's best chance in a decade to pull that off was ruined by a stellar Scottish performance, featuring a brace of tries from Sean Maitland and a back-breaking red card for France tighthead prop Mohamed Haouas at the end of the first half, from which France never recovered.
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